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From Edinburgh: Speyside Whisky Trail 3-Day Small Group Tour

From Edinburgh: Speyside Whisky Trail 3-Day Small Group Tour

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
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From US$ 414.76 per person

Sit back and let us do the driving while you visit some of the finest distilleries in Speyside, sample the whisky and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Highlands. Over half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries are found along the Speyside Whisky Trail!

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 16 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Travel with a small, friendly group in a luxury mini-coach
  • Visit 4 of Scotland’s single malt whisky distilleries
  • Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Scottish Highlands
Full description

A warm welcome awaits you in Speyside, home to more than half of Scotland's malt whiskey distilleries. You’ll have a chance to sample the whiskey and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Cairngorm, Speyside and Royal Deeside.

Day 1:

Head north through the Kingdom of Fife to Lindores Abbey Distillery. This modern Scottish distillery is built on the site of the first-ever recorded distillery in the country. After lunch in Pitlochry, sample the delights of Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, near the source of the River Spey. Once you’ve warmed with this dram of “the gentle spirit”, continue through the Cairngorms National Park before reaching Grantown on Spey - your base for 2 nights.

Day 2:

Enjoy a whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whiskey region. After a scenic drive towards the coast, make your first stop of the day at Glen Moray distillery, where you can try whisky matured in a wide selection of casks. Travel back up the Spey River to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside Cooperage*, where you see another aspect of the whiskey-making process. After lunch in nearby Aberlour, visit Cardhu Distillery, which is the first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming. Today, Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. From here, travel back to Grantown on Spey. *Speyside Cooperage is only visited on Monday and Wednesday departures.

Day 3:

In the morning visit Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, set in splendid mountain scenery at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park.  Then, enjoy the majesty of Royal Deeside. Pass by Balmoral Castle, and stop in the village of Braemar in the heart of the National Park. From here, the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass, through Perthshire, and back to Edinburgh.

Includes
  • Driver/guide
  • Tour transportation in a 16-seat minibus
  • 2-night accommodation in a bed and breakfast
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Refreshments
  • Attraction entry fees
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

Know before you go

  • Return time: approximately 6:30 PM
  • Transportation is by top-of-the-range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach for a more personal experience
  • Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour; Scotland can be a wet place
  • Accommodation: We use a selection of small, locally owned, guest houses and B&Bs in the town of Grantown-on-Spey. All rooms are ensuite. The guesthouses may be up to 20-minutes walk from the town center. For individual travelers please select the single accommodation option. For 2 or more people traveling together, please choose the twin room shared option
  • Minimum age to participate is 18 years old
  • You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on the tour. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 40 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.1/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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The tour allowed us to sample whiskeys from 6 distilleries over the weekend, broken up with amazing countryside and constant stories from our guide. Some slight trouble with distilleries being shut on weekends post-Brexit, but our guide found ones to go to regardless. Stayed in Granttown and would recommend heading to Craig's bar for a pie and drink.

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March 22, 2022

A great tour that we really enjoyed.

Newen as a guide was fantastic. Lots and lots of information about the country, history and other interesting details. The B&B accommodation was also superb, especially the breakfast. And of course the guided tours with the tastings in the distilleries. After a tour in Islay three years ago, I learned a lot of new things. Especially about the regional specialties and processes.

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October 18, 2019

Al is the best!

Al kept us entertained, educated, well fed and rested - as well as booking us on some interesting distillery tours and tastings, photo opps, rest stops and short walks. My only suggestion is only to do with the distilleries: consider options of tastings and modified tours. It only takes one distillery tour to learn the process, the distilleries can focus on their differences during a seated lesson and tasting.

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October 14, 2018

Product ID: 22648